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Sport Pacific halibut - setting the season for 2019

  August 2018
  • ODFW hosts public meetings to hear ideas and discuss proposed changes for the 2019 Catch Sharing Plan (CSP). This is the opportunity for the public to initiate changes to the Pacific halibut sport fishery. News release

    • Monday, Aug. 6 in Salem at ODFW Headquarters (4034 Industrial Drive SE) in the Commission Room
    • Tuesday, Aug. 7 in Newport at the Marine Resources Program office, 2040 SE Marine Science Drive. 
    • Wednesday, Aug. 8 in Brookings at the Southwestern Oregon Community College, Curry Campus, 96082 Lone Ranch Parkway.
    • Thursday, Aug.9 in North Bend at the Public Library, 1800 Sherman Street.

* The Newport meeting was also available online via GoTo Meeting. All meetings were held from 6-8pm.

At the 2018 meeting, in addition to halibut, information about the 2019 sport groundfish fishery was also presented.

Those who could not attend a meeting were invited to comment by contacting or Phone (541) 867-4741.

What's the Catch Sharing Plan?

The CSP is the framework by which Paciific halibut are managed during the year and includes:

  • Allocation (between fisheries and between geographical subareas within fisheries)
  • Seasons (opening and closing dates, open days of the week)
  • Bag limits
  • Length limits
  • Regulation changes allowed inseason

Read the 2018 CSP (pdf, 13 pages)


  • After reviewing public input, ODFW prepares a report on proposed changes for the Pacific Fishery Management Council. Report (pdf 2 pages)
 September 2018
  • The Pacific Fishery Management Council meets September 5-12, 2018, and considers proposals for changes to the Catch Sharing Plan. Council home page

  • The Council approves some, none or all proposals (including any that are developed at the Council meeting) for additional public comment.

 Late September 2018
  • ODFW solicits additional public comment, using an online survey, on specific proposals approved by the Council for additional consideration.

  • Two proposals, both in the Columbia River subarea, were put forth for further consideration. In the all-depth halibut fishery: (1) revise the opening date so that it more closely aligns with the opening date in other Washington or Oregon subareas and (2) revise the number of days open per week. An online survey closed on Oct. 3.

  • No other proposals were moved forward for additional public comment.

October 2018
  • After considering public input, ODFW prepares a report to the Pacific Fishery Management Council for decision at the November Council meeting.

  • The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) accepts public requests for 2019 regulatory changes (e.g., season length) or management actions for review at its annual meeting. A form and more information are on the IPHC regulations proposal page.

 November 2018
  • The Council adopts final changes for the 2019 Catch Sharing Plan at its meeting, November 1-8, 2018, in San Diego.

  • Oregon put forth one proposed change for the Columbia River subarea.

  • IPHC holds an interim meeting, November 27-28, 2018 in Seattle. All sessions are open to the public and are webcast. IPHC interim meeting.
 December 2018
 January 2019
  • The 2019 catch limit is set by IPHC at its annual meeting, January 28 - February 1, 2019, in Victoria, BC. In-person and webinar attendees must pre-register. IPHC annual meeting

  • For area 2A (Oregon, California and Washington), IPHC approved a quota of 1,500,000 pounds (a 26% increase over last year) that is scheduled to remain in place through 2022.

 February 2019
  • ODFW solicits public comment about open dates for the all-depth sport halibut fishery in the central coast subarea (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt.).

    • Monday, February 4, at the ODFW office in Newport at 6:00 pm; to be webcast to allow for remote participation. More details to follow.  

    • Presentation slides from the 2/4/2019 meeting (pdf 40 pages 4.8mb)

    • There was also an online survey available until the morning of Feb. 6.

  • ODFW submits a report to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission and the National Marine Fisheries Service with recommended dates for the all-depth sport halibut fishery in the central coast subarea (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt.).

 March-April 2019
  • The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission (April 19, 2019) and the National Marine Fisheries Service approve regulations, including open dates for the central coast subarea (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt.) all-depth sport halibut fishery.

  • Seasons and regulations sheet (map) (pdf)


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